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The Books Children’s Authors Buy: Carole Wilkinson & Frané Lessac

Who best to recommend books for the kids in your life than some of Australia’s leading children’s authors and illustrators! Better Reading has collected recommendations from a number of them to make your hunt for the perfect book that much easier.

We recently spoke with both Carole Wilkinson – one of Australia’s most beloved authors of fantasy and history for young, and Frané Lessac – an award-winning children’s author and illustrator of picture books that perfectly meld fact and fiction about what books they have recently bought, or plan to buy for the young people in their lives.

Carole Wilkinson:

“One of my favourite things about buying gifts is choosing books for the young people in my family.

For my 3-year-old grandson I’ve bought Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by MegMcKinley and Colour Me by Ezekiel Kwaymullina

For my 5-year-old great niece it had to be That Christmas Feeling by Lili WIlkinson (yes, related!)

For my teenage great niece I’m still choosing between Michael Pryor’s Gap Year in Ghost Town and Kate O’Donnell’s Untidy Towns. Fun and ghostly adventure or teen love and friendship? I can’t decide.”

Frané Lessac

Frané Lessac loves to travel and to create books based on her worldwide journeys. She is an artist, author-illustrator, publishing over forty books for children. Her most recent book is A is For Australian Animals – a factastic tour of Australian Animals.

Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudgeis an inspiring, gentle tale which strikes
a personal cord with intrepid travellers (like myself) and armchair sailors of all ages.
This empowering book of wonderment is destined to be a classic and is big on my gift giving list this year.

1-2 Pirate Stew by Kylie Howarth  This rhyming, counting book is about pirate adventures, pretend play and family fun.
Kids will love the bright humorous illustrations. I’ll be gifting this little gem with a pirate costume and water balloons.
Just in time for backyard summer fun!

Diamond Jack by Mark Greenwood is a true story that’s got everything.
Lost treasure, crocodile-infested waters, and an unlikely hero who stumbles across the find of a lifetime.
Young Readers will find it hard to resist this first book in a compelling series that brings Australian history to life for young readers.



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